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160-year-old shipwreck appears on Maine beach after storm

March 06, 2018

The skeleton of a ship believed to be more than 160 years old was uncovered in Maine after tremendous storm that hit the northeastern United States over the weekend, Seacoast Online reported.

According to York Maine Police Department, the skeleton of the ship was buried at Short Sands Beach and reappeared over the weekend due to the storm.

“Good Monday morning! The pictures below are of the old ship that is buried at Short Sands Beach. Every once in a while after a storm, the ocean moves enough sand for it to be seen. Thought you might like to see it,” the York Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

The ship, dated somewhere between 1750 and 1850, has seldom made an appearance on the beach since its discovery in 1958 after being exposed by a storm then.

The ship last made an appearance in 2013, but before that had showed up in 2007 after a Patriots’ Day storm.

The skeleton of the ship has been identified by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission as archaeological site ME 497-004.

Measuring between 50 and 60 feet in length, the ship is believed to be a sloop, meaning that it only had one mast.

There are 1,595 known shipwrecks along the coast of Maine, the Press Herald reported. Most of them are not moved due to it being expensive to preserve, said Leith Smith, a historic preservationist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.